Calvary Christian Reformed Church began in 1961 when several families came together with the desire to start a Christian Reformed Church to serve Edina, Morningside, St. Louis Park, and the surrounding areas. The church, originally known as the West Side Church, had its first service in April 1961. In May, the church adopted the name Calvary Christian Reformed Church of Minneapolis. Construction on Calvary’s first church building in Bloomington, Minnesota, was completed in 1965. Members of Calvary became active in the community, reaching out and getting to know their neighbors and introducing community members to Calvary as well as to the gospel message. Over time, the church grew, and additions were made to the building to enlarge the sanctuary and fellowship hall and to add an education wing. Along with a focus on education and fellowship through small groups, Bible studies, and Sunday school programs, choral and organ music and congregational singing became an integral part of worship.
In 1999, First CRC in Minneapolis merged with Calvary, and in 2002, Calvary bought a new church building at 5300 France Avenue South in Edina, Minnesota. Calvary continues to value worship, biblical teaching and education, and service. Calvary’s members come from all around the Twin Cities, and Calvary CRC continues to serve in these communities as well as worldwide through the missionaries and organizations it supports.
WHAT WE BELIEVE
At Calvary, we believe and accept the Bible as the inspired and authoritative word of God. We believe that God reveals Himself in the Scriptures as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, and we believe in the grand story of God’s salvation. This story begins with God’s creation of the world and everything in it. God’s good creation fell into sin, but God continues to work in us and in the world to redeem and renew creation. As followers of Jesus Christ, we joyfully participate in and look forward to the renewal of all things, which shall be completed when Christ comes again, revealing His glory, power, and majesty.
At Calvary, we confess and hold close the teachings of Scripture as they are summarized the Apostles’ Creed, the Nicene Creed, and the Athanasian Creed. Calvary also has its roots in the Reformed tradition, and we teach the truths summarized in the Heidelberg Catechism, Belgic Confession, and Canons of Dort, as well as the Belhar Confession and Our World Belongs to God: A Contemporary Testimony.
Interim Pastor of Worship, Preaching, & Teaching
Lester Van Essen
Interim Junior/Senior High Youth Director
Ministry Assistant & Secretary
Manager, Facilities & Administration